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Simpson College Gallery of Art and Design

The Simpson College Gallery of Art and Design provides opportunities for students to share design work with a general audience, such as in the Senior Exhibition for graphic design majors, plus experience work created by established artists and designers. Visiting artists often make presentations about their work, giving students the opportunities to interact with professionals. The gallery also serves as an important link between Simpson's campus and the extended community.  All exhibitions and presentations are free and open to the public. 

GALLERY HOURS: 9AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.
To make an appointment to view work during the weekend contact Justin Nostrala at justin.nostrala@simpson.edu.


Ben Millett - Finding Pride: An Exhibition of Quilts
August 26 - September 29 
Closing Reception: Friday, September 29, 4:30-7pm

Ben Millett works out of his studio at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa. He uses rich colors and intricate compositions to create quilts that are visually compelling while furthering the gay agenda.

North River Arts Council - Group Exhibition
October 2 - October 27
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6-8pm

North River Arts Council is comprised of artists from Carlisle, Norwalk and Indianola, Iowa. The group meets to share ideas and to help fortify artistic culture in Warren County. The group exhibit at SCGAD features a variety of artists whose work includes painting, photography, ceramics, origami, and more.

Adam Hoffman - Graphic Design Exhibition
November 1 - December 15

Adam Hoffman is the Associate Creative Director at Lessing-Flynn Advertising in Des Moines, Iowa. The exhibition will provide an overview of highly accomplished graphic design work produced by Hoffman throughout his career.


Ethan Edvenson - Clustered Anomalies 
January 8 - February 16

Ethan Edvenson is a Des Moines artist who creates mixed media drawings. Edvenson uses variety of media, textures, and design approaches to create layers of content. The exhibit at SCAD will feature some of Edvenson's most recent work.

Women's Lives/Women's Work
Kim Hutchison, Jami Milne, Jean-Marie Salem, Alyssa Tauber
Curated by Mary Jones
February 19 - March 29,
Artists' Presentations: Thursday, Feb. 29, 4:30pm

This group exhibition, curated by artist, Mary Jones of Indianola, Iowa will feature four women artists from the Des Moines area in honor of Women's History Month. Each artist works with a variety of media in inventive ways to express their experiences as working artists in the contemporary world.

Warren County Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Quilt Exhibition 
April 5 - July 31
Opening Reception, Thursday, April 11 - 4:30 to 6:30pm

SCGAD is proud to present quilts created by the Warren County Piecemakers. The group is comprised of regular quilters from throughout the county. The exhibit offers an overview of quilts produced by members of the group.